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Gen. Samuel Elbert (1740-1788)

 
 
Gen. Samuel Elbert (1740-1788) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
1. Gen. Samuel Elbert (1740-1788) Marker
Inscription.  Samuel Elbert, who became brigadier general in the Continental Army and governor of Georgia, migrated to this province from South Carolina as an orphan youth during the Colonial period. He prospered in mercantile pursuits and as an Indian trader; became a member of the Commons House of Assembly from Ebenezer, and was captain of a grenadier company prior to the Revolution. A staunch patriot, Elbert served on the Council of Safety and in the first Provincial Congress of Georgia in 1775. He was commissioned (1776) lieut.-colonel of the first Continental regiment raised here. Col. Elbert participated in two Florida expeditions: gallantly commanded the Georgia Line at the fall of Savannah (1778); was captured by the British at Briar Creek (1779) and later took part in the Yorktown campaign. He was promoted to brig. general in the continental Army in 1783. He became Governor of this State, Sheriff of Chatham County and Grand Master of Georgia Masons.

Elbert died Nov. 2, 1788, and was buried at Rae's Hall Plantation near Savannah. In time, the burial place of the Revolutionary hero was forsaken and forgotten. during the early years of the 20th
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century the grave was desecrated and exposed when earth was removed from the Indian mound on which he and his wife, Elizabeth Rae Elbert, were buried. Following identification by acceptable evidence, the remains of the Revolutionary hero were rescued in 1916 by a committee of the Sons of the Revolution, headed by R.J. Travis. the bones of the patriot were reinterred here in 1924 with full military honors.
 
Erected 1954 by Georgia HIstorical Commission. (Marker Number 025-29.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesGovernment & PoliticsWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1850.
 
Location. 32° 4.549′ N, 81° 5.405′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. It is in the Historic District - North. Marker can be reached from E. Oglethorpe Ave.. Marker Located in Colonial Park Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Stephens (a few steps from this marker); Colonial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Habersham (1751-1815) (within shouting distance of this marker); James Habersham
Gen. Samuel Elbert (1740-1788) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, February 2008
2. Gen. Samuel Elbert (1740-1788) Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Major John Berrien (within shouting distance of this marker); Hugh McCall (1767-1823) (within shouting distance of this marker); Button Gwinnett (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Clay, Patriot (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Regarding Gen. Samuel Elbert (1740-1788). Col. and Following capitalized per marker, jmb 4.3.2020
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Marker for Colonial Park Cemetery
 
Also see . . .  The Life and Services of the Honorable Maj. Gen. Samuel Elbert, of Georgia By Charles Colcock Jones. Page 6 ...Gen. Elbert (Submitted on February 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Gen. Samuel Elbert (1740-1788) Marker in Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Gen. Samuel Elbert (1740-1788) Marker in Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah
Grave Site for Gen. Ebert and wife re-located to Colonial Park Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, February 2008
4. Grave Site for Gen. Ebert and wife re-located to Colonial Park Cemetery
Gen. Samuel Elbert (1740-1788) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, September 11, 2011
5. Gen. Samuel Elbert (1740-1788) Marker
Main Entrance to Colonial Park Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, February 2008
6. Main Entrance to Colonial Park Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2023. It was originally submitted on February 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,773 times since then and 148 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 30, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on February 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3. submitted on November 30, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on February 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5. submitted on September 13, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6. submitted on February 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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